ICTs

Mindset Network: Media Manager

Mindset Network is a nonprofit organisation that aims at personal, social and economic development of all people in Africa. Mindset uses information and communication technologies (ICTs) to support education in the schooling and health sectors.

Mindset Network seeks to appoint a Media Manager, based in Johannesburg.

Telkom Plans to Buy Cell C

Telkom has said it is in talks to buy Cell C as it seeks to boost its fledging mobile phone business.

Mybroadband spokesperson, Jan Vermeullen, says Telkom’s plans to buy Cell C will be a good idea as it will gain a very significant mobile phone operator.

Buying Cell C, the third largest mobile telecoms network in Africa, to boost the fixed line operator’s fledging mobile phone business, would give Telkom about 20 million mobile phone users.

E-Govt to Improve Service Delivery

Gauteng Finance MEC, Barbara Creecy, says they are moving towards providing services online which will improve citizen’s access to services, so in future they won’t need to travel to a government office for the service.

"At the moment we are already allowing service providers to upload their invoices to the provincial government through the e-government department portal to be paid for by government," explains Creecy.

She states that the e-government department will in future be a platform where citizens can apply for housing online and a place at a new school.

CSIR Wins Public ICT Awards

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) walked away with three major awards at the inaugural Public ICT Awards held on 25 October 2015 at the GovTech conference, Durban International Conference Centre.

Launched by the State Information Technology Agency (SITA), the awards promote innovation in public products, solutions and service delivery.
The CSIR won two awards for its Broadband 4 All project, and one for the Lwazi II project.

Ministers and ICT Pledge for Vibrant Internet Ecosystem

The information society which encompasses information and communication technologies, including Internet, medias, broadcasting and postal services, represents one the most vibrant social and economic activities of this century.

It is against this backdrop among others that, African ministers of communication and information technologies gathering in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in their first ordinary session of the Specialised Technical Committee on Communication and ICT (STC-1 CICT) to discuss the significant strides and innovation in societal transformations in the last decade.

Govt’s ICT Spending to Top R15 Billion

Government spending on Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is projected to top R15 billion as pressure mounts to meet national broadband goals.

According to a research firm, BMI-T's '2015 ICT in Government', the South African government's total national and provincial ICT spend is projected to grow from R13.6 billion in 2014/2015 to R15 billion in 2017/2018."

The upward trajectory of spending is further in line with government commitments to roll out digital terrestrial television (DTT) and deliver universal broadband by 2020.

Microsoft to Create Jobs in Africa

Microsoft is aiming to create over 100 000 job opportunities and reach over seven million people across the Middle East and Africa by the end of the year through its employability platforms, in partnership with organisations from public and private sectors, as well as non-governmental organisations (NGOs).
 

Internet Rights Are Also Human Rights

Saturday, 21 March 2015 will represent 55 years since Sharpeville Day when the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) led protest resulted in the brutal death of 69 persons and injury or loss to many of the residents of the township.
 
History and historians remain divided on the issue and in time will no doubt provide their own interpretation of these events.
 

Technology in Classrooms: Aiding Learning Barriers or a Barrier to Learning?

There are no reliable studies or statistics in South Africa on how many learners are struggling with the learning of school content. Conclusive and reliable evidence on how many learners have been ‘under-educated’ is scarce, versus those that have a certifiable barrier to learning. However, global evidence indicates that there are many barriers which inhibit effective learning.

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